Our Bodies, Our Blog

Swine Flu Concerns Draw Attention to Need for Midwives, Sick Leave

By Rachel Walden |

The swine flu news of recent days has sparked calls from advocacy organizations for attention to issues that a pandemic may exacerbate, such as the lack of paid sick leave and the lack of  of availability of licensed midwives to attend home births.

MomsRising, a campaign to bring “important motherhood and family issues to the forefront of the country’s awareness,” includes paid sick leave among the concerns it addresses. They note that advice from officials has been to stay home if sick, in order … Read

Recognizing the “Big Picture” of Women’s Health: Dr. Barbara Keddy

By Wendy |

From 2009 – 2011, Myhags honored the work of women’s health advocates worldwide by asking readers to nominate their favorite women’s health hero. View all nominees by year: 2009, 2010, 2011

Entrant: Josephine B. Etowa

Nominee: Dr. Barbara Keddy, Professor Emeritus, Dalhousie University

I am writing to nominate Dr. Barbara Keddy of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada as a Women’s Health Hero. I have known her for over a period of ten years, in various capacities, including being my course professor, thesis supervisor, … Read

Improving the Care Women Receive: Dr. Tito Lopes

By Wendy |

From 2009 – 2011, Myhags honored the work of women’s health advocates worldwide by asking readers to nominate their favorite women’s health hero. View all nominees by year: 2009, 2010, 2011

Entrant: Jeannette Preston

Nominee: Dr. Tito Lopes, Lead Gynaecological Cancer Surgeon at the Royal Cornwall Hospital Truro, Cornwall UK NHS

Dr. Tito Lopes is the lead Gynaecological Cancer surgeon at the Royal Cornwall Hospital here in the UK. He heads an amazing team who work hard to deliver the best possible … Read

Fighting Fatigue and Offering Hope: Sandy Robinson

By Wendy |

From 2009 – 2011, Myhags honored the work of women’s health advocates worldwide by asking readers to nominate their favorite women’s health hero. View all nominees by year: 2009, 2010, 2011

Entrant: Self

Nominee: Sandy Robinson, Fighting Fatigue CFS/FM Website Owner

I have been ill with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Fibromyalgia (FMS), and Interstitial Cystitis for almost 20 years.  As a chronically ill patient, wife and mother, I have had to learn how to balance life while being sick all of the … Read

Breaking News: Senate Approves Sebelius to be HHS Secretary

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

The U.S. Senate approved the nomination of Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to be secretary of Health & Human Services. The vote was 65-31.

From the AP:

Sixty votes in the 100-seat Senate were necessary for approval. Immediately after the vote Sebelius resigned as governor in Kansas and headed to Washington to be sworn in. She drove directly from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland to the White House, where she took her oath in the Oval Office.

“We wanted to swear her in right away because we’ve got … Read

Taking Back Birth: Ina May Gaskin

By Wendy |

From 2009 – 2011, Myhags honored the work of women’s health advocates worldwide by asking readers to nominate their favorite women’s health hero. View all nominees by year: 2009, 2010, 2011

Entrant: Venessa Tarbell

Nominee: Ina May Gaskin, Midwife, Director of the Farm Midwifery Center

Ina May Gaskin has been a tireless advocate for midwifery and the health of women for nearly forty years. Her unyielding faith in the ability of a woman’s body to birth a child, her trust … Read

Quality of Life: Jessica LeRoy

By Wendy |

From 2009 – 2011, Myhags honored the work of women’s health advocates worldwide by asking readers to nominate their favorite women’s health hero. View all nominees by year: 2009, 2010, 2011

Entrant: Mark LeRoy

Nomninee: Jessica LeRoy, Clinical Director

I want to nominate my hero and my wife, Jessica LeRoy.

She had quite the tumultuous childhood rife with abuse, domestic violence, alcoholism and drug abuse. As a teenager she fell into drugs, alcohol, and ditching of classes. She had a great time in … Read

Birth Survey Offers Reviews of Local Maternity Care Providers and Facilities

By Rachel Walden |

The Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) has released results from their birth provider and facility consumer feedback survey at www.thebirthsurvey.com. You may have noticed our link to The Birth Survey over the past several months – this resource is the result of those survey submissions, and includes read than 17,500 ratings for providers and 6,500 ratings for facilities.

The website provides:

…feedback on obstetricians, midwives, hospitals, birth centers, and home birth services. The consumer reviews include overall ratings and recommendations for birth facilities and … Read

Impacting Lives in South Florida: Carol Cohan

By Wendy |

From 2009 – 2011, Myhags honored the work of women’s health advocates worldwide by asking readers to nominate their favorite women’s health hero. View all nominees by year: 2009, 2010, 2011

Entrant: Penny Kfare Jacobs

Nominee: Carol Cohan, Executive Director, Women’s Emergency Network

Carol is the pro bono executive director of Women’s Emergency Network (WEN), an abortion fund in Miami, Florida.  She manages all facets of the organization including client care, coordination with clinics, volunteer force, and all administrative and … Read

Vulvalutionary: Dorrie Lane

By Wendy |

From 2009 – 2011, Myhags honored the work of women’s health advocates worldwide by asking readers to nominate their favorite women’s health hero. View all nominees by year: 2009, 2010, 2011

Entrant: Self

Nominee: Dorrie Lane, Vulvalutionary

Seventeen years ago, in the foggy, summer light of San Francisco, the very first Wondrous Vulva Puppet was handmade, by me. I was a 40-year-old woman. At that time, there was NO representation of our  vulvas in an honorable, beautiful and embraceable way that satisfied … Read